Peter Drucker owes his position as one of the fathers of modern management theory to his understanding of the importance of the individual, something that came to him when attending a class given by John Maynard Keynes at Cambridge University in 1934. “I suddenly realized that Keynes and all the brilliant economics students in the room were interested in the behavior of commodities, while I was interested in the behavior of people,”
The business world is changing at a blistering pace. In years past, a leader’s success was measured purely by the size of their organization’s balance..
There are events and circumstances that make us feel happy and appreciated. But unfortunately there are also many that kill our motivation. If you want to make sure you’re providing your employees with an environment in which they can thrive, check your workplace for these motivation killers.
Far too many staff feel totally alienated by indifferent management and a lack of belonging at work. This is reflected in the numerous surveys that show most businesses are suffering from a chronic lack of staff engagement. But once you understand some of the basic principles of how our brain functions, it becomes easier to implement simple strategies that can improve engagement, collaboration and productivity.
During the boss’s last weekly staff meeting, everyone was texting just below the conference table. He thought the sudden cheer by two employees meant he’d said something clever (when it was really a score in a Brazilian soccer game).
There’s a reason why motivational speakers start with a joke or a humorous anecdote — it captures the audience’s attention, lightens the mood, sets positive expectations and motivates everyone to be more productive. In a study from the Journal of Applied Psychology, just one use of humor among work teams resulted in improved performance not just immediately, but up to two years later. Levity also improves recall. It is often the shortest pipeline to the memory banks.
If youth is, indeed, wasted on the young, the names on this list didn’t get the memo. Some built industry-leading companies around their own inventions, others climbed the rungs of corporate giants at a blistering pace, but whatever the route, everyone on this list made it to the top of their field before their 41st–or in some cases, 30th–birthday.
The 20 CEOs listed here hail from the publicly-traded companies that have CEOs age 40 and under with the highest market caps as of March 24, 2015.